Update: As predicted earlier today, Monster Hunter Rise has now been officially confirmed for Nintendo Switch. It launches on 26th March.

The game has been described as "a brand new take on the Monster Hunter experience". Players will need to team up and save Kamura village from the impending 'Rampage', harnessing the new Wirebug hunting tool and enlisting the help of Palicoes, and Palamutes, along the way. Here's some PR:

This latest entry in the action-RPG series finds players battling fearsome monsters and reaching new heights. Prepare to be transported to the colorful Kamura Village, a new serene mountain locale where players will experience unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. Using a special insect called a Wirebug, hunters will be able to grapple themselves in any direction, making it possible to scale towering cliffs and structures. All combat areas within each quest are seamlessly connected, allowing for exploration of the vast and vertical landscapes with no loading times. MONSTER HUNTER RISE launches for Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.

Additionally, a Deluxe Edition will also be available, which offers the full game and bonus DLC. Pre-ordering the base or Deluxe version will unlock bonus in-game items like layered armor and more. Players will be able to get even more in-game extras with Monster Hunter amiibo accessories.

Three new amiibo have been confirmed for Monster Hunter Rise – Palamute, Magnamalo, and Palico –which unlock different special layered armours set in-game, and we're also getting a Collector's Edition.

Monster Hunter Rise amiibo

Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin was also revealed and will be available summer 2021. For more details on Monster Hunters Rise and Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin, check out the full Monster Hunter Direct below (it begins with the trailer above, so you might want to skip ahead a bit):


Original Article (Thu 17th Sep, 2020 11:30 BST): Just hours ahead of today's Nintendo Direct Mini, which will have a focus on Switch games from third-party developers, mumblings of a potential new Monster Hunter announcement have started to bubble away on the internet. Such a game hasn't been officially confirmed, but if you're keen on avoiding potential spoilers, look away now.

The supposed new game has been 'leaked' on Reddit, with prominent names in the industry also teasing its eventual reveal. According to the initial Reddit post, the game will be called Monster Hunter Rise and will launch on Switch in March 2021 in Japan. It's likely that this would be the game already rumoured by a Capcom insider last month.

The post reads, "It's going to be again heavily inspired by Japan as was Monster Hunter Portable 3rd. You have a new companion besides Palico - a dog that you can ride and he's able to assist you too! Locations are much more open and you can climb seemingly any surface. Also you get a... fairy grappling hook (something like that, you can grapple to anything, even thin air). And yes, it is used in new combos!"

The 'leaker' goes on to mention that there will be new and returning monsters, as well as three new amiibo figures. No release date is known for the west.

The post has been shared to Twitter by @Nibellion, a usually trustworthy and reliable source for gaming news, and has also potentially been teased by Niko Partners Senior Analyst, Daniel Ahmad.

Obviously, until such an announcement is made officially, it's best to take this information with a grain of salt. The suggestion is that – assuming the game is indeed the real deal – that it could be announced during today's presentation. We'll update you if that turns out to be true.

What do you think? Can you see this being announced today? Would you like this to be announced today? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

[source reddit.com, via twitter.com]